Can you believe we’re already in the second week of National Craft Month? It’s flying by but before it’s over, we’ll be sure to share as many fun project ideas and giveaways as possible. Today we’re featuring a very special project from Polyform! The Ripple Bangle is truly unique. People won’t believe you actually made this piece yourself! A simple stack of colored clays create a “ripple” effect which gives this bracelet personality and style. Follow this tutorial and learn how to use this special technique to create a fun and interesting bangle you can wear and show off.
Create this awesome Ripple Bangle from Polyform to wear this spring and summer. Use the ripple bracelet to dress up any ordinary outfit. It’s a simple jewelry project that looks totally store bought. Fun, easy and impressive? Sign us up!
- premo! Sculpey Accents Pearl
- premo! Sculpey Violet
- premo! Sculpey Green
- Sculpey Super Slicer, Ripple Blade and Rigid Blade
- Premo! Bangle Bracelet
- Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine
- Sculpey Acrylic roller;
- Sculpey Gloss Glaze (optional)
Getting Started –
Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275 °F for 30 minutes per 1/4 in thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use.
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F. Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
1. With the Clay Conditioning Machine on setting #1, roll ½ package of each color of clay. Create squares that are at least 2″ X 2″ of each color. Stack the color up. For the sample we used double amount of Pearl and repeated this color between the Violet and the Green. Using the Acrylic Roller hand roll over the stack of color on one side and then flipping to the other side until it is at least 4″ X 4″. Cut the striped sheet into fourths.
3. Stack the pieces back up again. Firmly press on each side of the stack with the palms of your hands shaping the slab into a rectangle. Make sure the width of the rectangle is at least as wide as the metal bracelet finding.
4. Stand the slab up in front of you with the stripes parallel to your body. Slice down through the striped slab with the Ripple Blade parallel to the stripes. Press the rippled sheet through the pasta machine on the thickest setting. If you sheet still has ripples in it even after it has passed through the pasta machine, then your slice was too thin. Make as many flat slices are a needed to cover the bracelet.
5. Position the slices on the Premo! bracelet finding so that they cover the entire finding. Start in the middle with one sheet of clay making sure the prettiest side of the clay is facing the metal bracelet. This is important because later when the bracelet is removed, this will be the inside of the clay bracelet that will be visible. Trim the ends of the first sheet straight with the rigid blade. Continue covering the bracelet finding patchwork style making sure to have really straight edge pieces of clay butt up to each other. Smooth all the seams with your fingers. Trim away excess clay from the sides of the bracelet.
6. With the Clay Conditioning Machine on setting #1, roll a sheet of Pearl clay. Add a solid layer of Pearl over the top of the first patterned layer. Make sure the two layers bond well together by gently rolling the bracelet on your work surface to press out air bubble. Trim all sides of the Pearl along the bracelet.
7. Add another layer of the patterned clay over the Pearl surface. If you do this patchwork style, make sure you always have nice straight edges butting up to each other and smooth these seams with your fingers. Trim any excess clay away from the sides of the bracelet. Smooth all edges of the bracelet with your fingers. Bake the clay on the metal bracelet as directed above. When cool gently remove the metal bracelet. You may finish as desired with Sculpey Glossy Glaze. You can now use the Premo! bracelet finding over and over to create more bracelets.
We are giving away a prize a day every day here on our FaveCrafts blog for National Craft Month. It is so easy to enter and be sure to check back each day for our Project of the Day post like this one to comment to enter! You have 31 chances to win and a new special prize each day.
Today’s prize is…a premo! Cuff Bracelet blank, a premo! Sculpey Clay Sampler and a Sculpey Super Slicer!
- Contest open to US and Canada residents 18+
- One comment/entry per person.
- Contest closes March 12, 2012 at 11:59p CST.
- Please answer the question below in order to be entered.
- Winners will be posted on this blog and notified by email.
Answer this question below in the Comments Section of this post for a chance to be today’s winner:
Of all the things you’ve crafted, which project held the most meaning to you? Why?